Future of Work Workshop: Call for Papers

ContactsAstghik Mavisakalyan, Principal Research Fellow
Kelly Pohatu, Events and Communications Coordinator
Published7 March 2019

The Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC) together with the Future of Work Institute (FOWI) at Curtin University are organising a two-day research workshop on the Future of Work to be held 10 to 11 April at Curtin St Georges Terrace in Perth.

We are delighted to announce our keynote speakers, Professor Marian Baird (University of Sydney), Professor Jeff Borland (University of Melbourne) and Professor Robert Wood (Cognicity).

Recent years have seen dramatic changes in the organisation of work with a more diverse mix of how people work across the economy as well as within individuals’ lifetimes. Alternative forms of employment, facilitated by online platforms and other technological advances, are growing; at the same time, there is a concern that work is becoming more precarious, with contract and part-time work on the rise, accompanied by low wage growth in many sectors.

As adoption of new technologies take over some of the tasks previously performed by labour, there is also increasing concern about the future of jobs. There is need for new insights to better understand the ways in which the organisation of work is changing, the impacts of automation on future employment prospects and the welfare implications of these changes. The workshop aims to help fill this gap.

The workshop will provide researchers with a forum for presenting and discussing innovative research relevant to the theme of future of work in all areas of economics, industrial relations and organisational studies. We particularly welcome empirical contributions that can inform policy-relevant questions.


Researchers interested in participating in the workshop should submit an extended abstract or a full paper by email to Astghik Mavisakalyan by March 17, 2019. Notifications will be sent by March 22, 2019.  Full papers are welcome and encouraged before the workshop but not essential, however, papers will be considered for a published volume following the workshop. Please send full papers to Astghik Mavisakalyan by April 1, 2019 if you would like your work to be considered for a special volume.

Practical information

The workshop is organised by Rebecca Cassells (BCEC), Alan Duncan (BCEC), Mark Griffin (FOWI), Astghik Mavisakalyan (BCEC) and John Phillimore (FOWI).

Authors who are invited to present their papers are expected to participate in the entire two day workshop. Practical information will be emailed in due course, in the meantime, inquiries related to travel to the workshop and other practical matters should be addressed to Kelly Pohatu.